AAA: Expect heavy Memorial Day travel traffic

AAA NORTHEAST expects 1.9 million New Englanders to travel for Memorial Day weekend this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
AAA NORTHEAST expects 1.9 million New Englanders to travel for Memorial Day weekend this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

PROVIDENCE – Roughly 43 million Americans are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA Northeast this week, with estimations of the second-highest travel volume recorded by the company.

About 37.6 million Americans are expected to travel by automobile, 3.3 million will travel by airplane and 1.9 million are expected to travel by train, bus and cruise ship. The report did nit include Rhode Island figures, but in Massachusetts roughly 1 million are expected to travel for the holiday, more than 90% of whom will travel by car.

In all of New England, 1.9 million people are expected to travel, with an estimated 1.8 million by car.

Traffic is expected to peak in the Boston area on Monday, May 27, from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., with the potential for a commute three times longer than a normal trip.

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“Americans are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and expensive gas prices won’t keep them home this Memorial Day weekend,” AAA Northeast Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs Lloyd Albert said in a statement. “Consumer spending remains strong, helped by solid job and income growth. Families continue to prioritize spending their disposable incomes on travel, and near-record numbers of them are looking forward to doing just that for Memorial Day.”